Proposed restructuring for the East Capitol Street – Cardozo Line (Route 96 and 97)
Earlier this year Metro completed a comprehensive service evaluation study of Routes 96 and 97. Metro is currently looking at implementing some of the recommendations that emerged from the study in order to improve the speed and reliability of service and to better balance capacity and demand throughout the line. The proposed restructuring would entail the following changes:
- Route 96 would run via 2nd Street and Massachusetts Avenue between 2nd & East Capitol Streets and Union Station. The current route section between 1st Street NE, Constitution Avenue, 1st Street NW, Louisiana Avenue NW, D Street NE, 1st Street NE would still be served only during a.m. and p.m. peak periods by Route 97.
- Route 96 would provide daily service, at all times, between Capitol Heights Station and Duke Ellington Bridge. Service north of Duke Ellington Bridge would be discontinued and replaced with a new Route 98 that would run between the Tenleytown-AU Metrorail Station and the U Street Metrorail Station.
- Routes 96, 97, and 98 would each run every 20 minutes during the AM and PM peak periods, providing 10 minute frequency between Capitol Heights and Union Station.
- Routes 96 and 98 would run every 30 minutes off-peak and on weekends.
The map below illustrates the changes proposed. Please review and let us know what you think. We will also be presenting these options at our upcoming public hearings.